Tuesday, September 03, 2019

“Dream Big 2019” Honorees Announced

The Child Care Council of Westchester will celebrate those who take extraordinary steps to protect and provide opportunities for young children and their families, and to support our work to build a better future through universal access to quality early child care. The Dream Big 2019 Annual Celebration will take place on Thursday, October 3rd from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at Whitby Castle in Rye, New York. Sponsorships, journal ads and tickets are available.


Children’s Advocacy Award
Honorable Kathleen C. Hochul
NY State Lieutenant Governor

Children’s Justice Award
Honorable Kathie E. Davidson
Ninth Judicial District Administrative Judge

Business Visionary Award
ACCEPTING: Erik Sossa, VP, Global Benefits CoE

Give Local Leadership Award
Shake Shack
ACCEPTING: Will Poppe, Area Director for NJ/NY

Click here, for more information about this event. 

The Child Care Council is delighted to announce the winners of the Cathryn A. Riley Innovation for Quality Prize for 2019:

  • Briarcliff Nursery School for the “BNS Share, Learn and Grown Library”, a space within the center for teachers and parents to find books and resources to support children’s social-emotional development. They will also create “take home” bags for parents to encourage non-tech family time.
    Accepting: Lisa Beck, Director
  • The Country Children’s Center to establish an “Afterschool Makers Club” in a school-based afterschool program to encourage student-driven learning that promotes open-ended experimentation, collaboration, and problem-solving.
    Accepting: Tiffany Baffi-Munson, School Age Program Director
  • The Early Childhood Center at the Memorial Methodist United Church to build self-esteem in children who struggle in a group setting using the Pyramid Model and Mindfulness techniques in the “Incorporating Strategies to increase Social-Emotional and Adaptive Skills in Preschool Children Exhibiting Executive Functioning Deficit” project.
    Accepting: Margaret Rowan, Director
  • Mindful Tots Nursery to expose children living in an urban setting to nature through creation of an outdoor mud kitchen and vegetable garden. In the “Learning Through Nature” project, the children will not only experience a greater connection to nature, they will also learn about good nutrition and environmental sustainability.
    Accepting: Tamica Balay-Rios, Owner
  • Weekday Nursery School in a collaboration with Iona College to create fine motor centers in their preschool classrooms. In this “Fine Motor Center Collaboration” project, the children will strengthen fine motor and visual motor skills needed for kindergarten and graduate students in occupational therapy will gain hands-on experience in an early childhood setting.
    Accepting: Meaghan Fullerton, Curriculum Coordinator

The selection committee comprised of Dr. Pat Amanna, Lottie Harris, Mary Lou Sgro and Kathy Halas were excited by the scope and thoughtfulness of the applications in this increasingly competitive award process. Look for the Council website for updates on these projects and info on recent winners.

The innovation for Quality Prize awards are supported by the Cathryn A. Riley Fund, established for Cathryn A. Riley, or Cate, a former employee of the Council who made a lasting impact not only on our organization, but the field of early care and education.


Join us for a night of celebration as we induct the inaugural class into the Early Education Hall of Heroes. We’ll honor 18 professionals who represent Westchester’s most dedicated and talented child care and after school professionals, and recognize the incredible contributions of the entire industry. Bring your friends for a fun evening of dinner, live entertainment, giveaways, networking and more.

Friday, June 21st, 2019
7:00 to 10:00 pm
Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry NY
Click here to register!

Our Heroes:
Angela H. Bayer-Persico, Little Angels Child Development
Lisa Capolongo, The Learn and Grow Playroom
Dawn Capolongo, The Learn and Grow Playroom
Cecelia Crockett, Crockett's Day Care
Colleen Theresa Esposito, Lincoln Family Institute Inc.
Frances Franco-Montero, Office of Children and Family Services
Mariama Kora, First Stage Day Care
K.T. Korngold, Montessori Children's Center
Theresa McCaffrey, Little Leaf Nursery
Harriet Mendl, The Children's Center at Purchase College
Miriam J. Morgado, Amor & Paz Family Group Child Care, Inc.
Jean Nelson, Bronxville Montessori School
Polly Peace, Country Childrens Center
Hope Pierce, Lil Explorers Day Care
Rosa Pineda, Oak Lane Child Care Center
Barbara Cuello Powell, Effective Childcare Services Inc.
Margaret Rowan, Memorial Methodist Early Childhood Center
Harvey Zuckerman, Amani Public Charter School- MVSTRONG

The Business Council of Westchester’s Education Foundation recently hosted Where Business and Child Care Meet, a forum for experts from the Child Care Council’s Board, Advisory Board and staff to have a conversation with business leaders about the need for – and benefits of – increasing access to sustainable child care for working parents. We were especially excited and honored to have Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul in attendance to speak about the importance of child care.. Our thanks to Dr. Marsha Gordon, John Ravitz and Maria Bronzi of the Business Council of Westchester. We look forward to many more productive meetings and conversations.

pptClick here to view the PowerPoint presentation from this discussion

Speakers and topics:

Child Care as an Economic and Workforce Development Opportunity
Kathy Halas, Executive Director of the Child Care Council of Westchester

What's at Stake
Jeff Samuelson, retired IBM executive and CCCW Board Member

Current Challenges
Nicole Masucci, CCCW Director of Family & Employer Services

Services and Results
Salli Figler, Certified Human Resources Professional

Solutions in Action
Polly Peace, Executive Director of the Country Childrens Center

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